Bayou Babe by Imari Jade
Publisher: Sugar and Spice Press
Length: Short Story (48 pgs)
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Ambrosia
Tabloid reporter turned photojournalist Langston Priestly drives to Louisiana to do a documentary on the bayou and the wetlands, but when his car runs out of gas on a dark road near the bayou, the last thing he expects to see is a beautiful half-naked African American woman.
Voodoo priestess Halle Johnson’s life couldn’t get any worse…or so she thinks. The sheriff and everyone in town thinks she’s a murderess, her best friend is a nymphomaniac, the men in town assume that she’s easy since she lives alone, and now she finds a half dead white man on the bayou near her home. Common sense tells her to just walk away and not get involved, but all it takes is one look at the handsome unconscious northerner to get involved.
When a mysterious woman becomes the object of a stranger’s desire, magic can happen. No matter the local rumors of her murdering men, the fire of passion ignites to stir up the bayou and one man’s heart.
Born a voodoo priestess, recluse Halle Johnson keeps her chin up high, ignoring stares and gossip that’s been part of her life for years since the disappearance of her old flame. When she saves the life of journalist, Langston Priestly and nurses him back to health in her home, the heat is on.
Langston wants to prove Halle’s innocence in a crime she didn’t commit, falling in love with her the moment he sees her. Life in the bayou is strange to this city slicker, yet he finds himself drawn to it, even with the dangers of voodoo rituals and deadly swamp creatures.
The story has a great premise though a little corny at times. At twenty-seven years old, the heroine is innocent and yet she knows what to do in bed which was a bit confusing. For an erotic romance, the sex scenes were short and to the point, missing the details I love to read. They could use some spicing up. Lots of repetition with sentences beginning with: She, She, She…all in the same paragraph. Rewording would make the structure flow better.
Still, style and editing problems aside, it was a cute story that tugged at the heart strings. There is nothing worse than being ostracized for being unique. The hero made sure to champion the heroine and keep their relationship secret from the gossip mongers; a gentleman through and through.